Saturday, February 27, 2010

HMOTW (Haute Mama of the Week): Evelyn Lemar!

Her name is Evelyn Lemar and along with being an author and a mother this North Carolina native owns her own publishing company called Drama Queen Productions! Love it!!

What do you do for a living?

I work for the VA Medical Center in claims

What is your passion and how do you incorporate it in your life to achieve happiness?

It has always been my passion to tell a great story, even before I decided to be a writer. I try new things and allow myself to go through certain things for the sake of being able to potentially tell a good story. And being a person that's always open for new experiences, there's never a dull moment in my life. And keeping things interesting is definitely a good way to be happy.

How do you balance work and motherhood?

My motto has always been "If you got kids, you gotta play with them." I'm a single parent, so I've had a lot of practice. My daughter's sixteen now, so I'm more of a chafeur and an ATM machine than a mom these days. But I always make time for her extra curricular activities (she plays violin) and we're really close so we have a lot of fun together. It's important to make time for to hang out with your kids and we have special things that we do together. For example, Friday nights used to be Power Puff Girls and pizza night and now that's she's older, it's Cold Case. We also make midnight Krispy Kreme runs while listening to old school hip hop on the radio. We spend lots of time together and we enjoy each other's company.

What has been your biggest challenge as a working mother and how did you manage to overcome it?

I was unmarried and had just turned 21 when my daughter was born. Finances, and not to mention the fact that I was young and not done living was definitely a challenge. My parents were a great help and over the years, and I just continued to work hard and learn as much as I could in order to move on to better jobs. It was as if my daughter and I grew up together. But with prayer and hard work, we've overcome many obstacles.

What advice would you give other mothers on how to maintain or discover their hauteness and remain successful in their careers and fulfill their roles as a mom?

Just because you're a mom doesn't mean you shouldn't have a life. Spend time nurturing yourself, as well as your kids. Have fun, get a hobby, hang out sometimes with other adults. Because one day your kids will gone and you'll find yourself lonely and unhappy and smothering your kids and making them miserable, too.

What makes you a haute mama?

The fact that I'm so versatile. Not only am I a mom, but I'm a sassy woman that full of life and always looking forward to the next adventure.

For more on this haute author, mother, and entrepreneur check her out HERE.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

It's Fixed!!

Just a few hours ago I posted about fixing some problems that I was having with the blog template. Well, their all fixed now!! Took me a while but I got it and I didn't even have to change my template which I love!!! Now, it's not confusing and when you click on Home, About and Contact you are taken to an actual page :-)) I'm so proud of me! Have a good one!

My Apologies...

I just wanted to say if you're visiting the site and you notice that I have "home" and "about me" in two areas I apologize for the confusion and disorganization as I am new to blogging and I'm constantly trying to figure out how to fix these issues. It is not an easy task so please be patient with me as I'm doing this all on my own with no help which is very challenging yet frustrating at times because I don't like having the site up with all of these glitches and I'm trying to figure out how to make them work. Although I love my present template, I am considering switching to something else as some of the features don't work properly and I'm spending more time trying to figure out how to fix it than blogging so don't be surprised if you've visited before and I have a new template ;-) Thanks for your patience!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Have you had your Vitamin C today?

Hi ladies! I've been nursing a sick child for the past couple of days and low and behold I started to feel like I was coming down with a cold/flu. Whatever it is it's actually not as bad as it could be but I did feel very bad yesterday afternoon into the evening. Well, I started using this product called Emergen-C when I noticed my daughter getting sick because I was going to try and see if she would drink it as well but that was a fail. She noticed the fizz and was immediately turned off...LOL So, I purchased both the Orange flavor and the Acai berry flavor. I've tried the orange flavor before but I didn't like it so I decided to give the acai flavor a try and have the orange on hand for the little one. To my surprise, the acai flavor was actually not bad. I mean it's not like drinking a FANTA grape soda or anything like that but it was tolerable. So, for the past couple of days I've been taking my Emergen-C. All you do is open the packet, pour the Emergen-C powder into a cup and add 4-6oz of water. Then, take it to the head if you'd like ;-) I sip mine...HAHA...Anyway, I wanted to share my experiences as I think it will be of good use for you as we cannot maintain our hauteness without our health being in tip top shape. Right? So far so good for me. I haven't felt an extreme energy boost yet but it will come in due time as I did just start taking it. I take Emergen-C twice a day but the guy in the Vitamin Shoppe told me to take it more frequently when sick. I'm going to try to up my intake to 3-4 times a day if I feel worse later on today. Of course I will fill you in on my progress as I plan to take Emergen-C everyday from here on out. The box says to take it 2-4x a day. One packet mixed with 4-6oz of water.

What is Emergen-C do you ask? Well, it is a vitamin supplement drink consisting of 1,000mg of Vitamin C and other essential vitamins in the form of a powder sold as an energy booster. Emergen-C comes in many flavors including rasberry, lemon-lime, orange, tropical and my favorite acai berry flavor. You can purchase Emergen-C at your nearest convenience store such as Rite-Aid, Target, Walmart or The Vitamin Shoppe. When mixed with water it creates a fizz similar to soda as it contains carbon dioxide so it is reminiscent of drinking a soda without the loads of sugar that soda usually contains. Why is Emergen-C good for you? Well, it contains Electrolytes, 7 B Vitamins, and as I just mentioned more than the recommended daily value of Vitamin C which is extremely important for your overall health as Vitamin C contains L-absorbic acid; an essential nutrient that posses antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help prevent and repair free radical damage to our cells and also improve our immune systems by lowering the risk of cancer and infections. Emergen-C is believed to be all natural as they do not use any artificial coloring or flavoring but I shall look into this more because everything that is said to be natural is not totally 100% natural. Just wanted to put that out there. For more information on Vitamin C and it's benefits you can do a search on Vitamin C and check the official Emergen-C website for more details about this product.